By Kenneth Stow
After being seized through the papal police in Rome in may perhaps 1749, Anna del Monte, a Jew, stored a diary detailing her captors’ efforts over the subsequent 13 days to strength her conversion to Catholicism. Anna’s robust chronicle of her ordeal by the hands of experts of the Roman Catholic Church, initially circulated by means of her brother Tranquillo in 1793, gets its first English-language translation in addition to an insightful interpretation through Kenneth Stow of the incident’s criminal and historic importance. Stow’s research of Anna’s dramatic tale of prejudice, injustice, resistance, and survival in the course of her two-week imprisonment within the Roman condo of Converts—and her brother’s later efforts to protest state-sanctioned, religion-based abuses—provides a close view of the separate forces on each side of the fight among non secular and civil legislation within the years simply sooner than the large political and social upheavals in the USA and Europe.
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